Last updated 08/22/2021
Why not put your best face forward? Your face is what people see when they meet you. Make a good impression with a facial for healthy skin!
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Benefits of a Facial for Healthy Skin
- Lowers that nasty word ”STRESS”, and stress can cause skin to age
- Helps improve blood circulation
- Includes products to exfoliate, extract and detox all bringing fresh and healthy skin to the surface
- Can include a hand massage, foot massage, scalp/neck and of course face Oh My!
- Lymphatic drainage by massage can move those toxins and other waste products to be eliminated
- Did I mention a beautiful glow?
What to Expect From a Facial?
The Esthetician makes an introduction and walks you back to the room. You are handed a light weight wrap around gown to switch into and told to settle on the table. But it kinda looks like a cot made up as a bed.
Your esthetician exits then returns making sure you are covered up and nothing is exposed that doesn’t need to be. There is usually relaxing music piped in and an aroma therapy scent misting through the air. As well as the lights are dim to create even more of a relaxed atmosphere.
Steps of a Facial
First step cleanser/soap is massaged on your face to remove makeup and anything on the surface of your skin. A hot towel is utilized to gently wipe the cleanser off your face. However hopefully the towel is not too hot.
Second toner/astringent is applied to a cotton wipe and swept over your skin to catch any remaining residue. Meanwhile steam is mist through the air by a steamer opening your pores for the next step. This naturally allows the pores to expand without any pressure.
While your skin is being steamed a skin analysis is done. Your eyes are covered with a cotton pad while your skin is examined for blemishes, its texture and condition. This is done by the esthetician looking through a brightly lit magnifying lamp.
And she doesn’t really just “pop” them. She will take a lancet that is in a little sterile package and puncture the tip of the pustule. This releases the pus.
Any impurities are wiped away with a cotton wipe and astringent. This is done in a sanitary environment and should not be done on your own at home. Estheticians know just where to place the lancet to prevent scars from developing.
The extractions may cause some soreness and will take some time to heal. But this is a good idea if you have a lot of acne. An esthetician also has special electrical tools available that help speed up the healing process.
Just schedule your service a couple weeks before a big occasion. This allows time to heal just incase your skin would purge. You may take an over the counter pain med to help with this.
A mask is applied, again depending on your skin type, condition and what is needed at the time. This may be applied with a facial brush in addition the massaging starts (alright). Most importantly enjoy your time to relax and be pampered!
Another hot towel from the caddie is grabbed to wipe excess product off your feet. Because we don’t want you to slip and fall while getting dressed. You should hear water running from the sink assuming hands are washed after massaging your feet before continuing.
When it is time your mask is removed with a hot towel. This is then followed by your type of moisturizer (hopefully with SPF) and any treatment products if this is needed. Similarly to what you would do at home.
You are left to get dressed and meet at the desk. Drink the glass of water that is offered to rehydrate. Moreover paying for your service you can pose questions about your skin and products that are recommended.
How Often is a Facial Recommended?
To keep your skin healthy it is recommended to have a facial at least once a month. Of course this depends on your budget, I understand you. To sum up the minimum is with the changing of the seasons, so that is four times a year.
Sensitive skin should not overdo any treatment. If once a month seems too much try every 6 weeks, ideally. You can question your esthetician.
Facials for Men
Having a beard, mustache and shaving may come with other issues. Still skin needs to be healthy under there. As well as keeping this hair growth looking good.
Don’t neglect your skin. Inquire the esthetician for suggestions. After all don’t you desire healthy skin?
Beware the Facial Add Ons
These add more cost to your service. My very first facial experience was to treat myself for my birthday with a $45 facial at a local salon.
As I am enjoying laying there with my mask on, the Esthetician inquired would I like a Paraffin hand treatment. Ok I say, I was relaxing, it sounded so nice!
As I approach the counter after to pay, the receptionist requests $80. But I query isn’t a facial $45, mulling how it got so high. In conclusion she states all the add ons.
Now I understand better. (Course going to school for this helps).
Facial for Healthy Skin on a Budget!
Why not try a service at a school and help a student out. It is required to allow more time for the student’s instructor to review the work. In short it's not the ideally relaxing experience but you learn along with the student.
Disclaimer: Please note I am not responsible for your service this is merely a suggestion. And prices may change.
Mary is the founder of All About Our Skin. Former esthetician and CPC. Enjoys researching skincare and has been studying our skin for the past fifteen years.